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The massive warnings for “social distancing” to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic seem to be working as Americans adjust to life with shuttered restaurants, schools, theaters and other venues wherever crowds might gather.
However not all are paying heed.
For instance, a Louisiana pastor defied a state order and held a church service for hundreds of people.
However, perhaps no one has been more flagrant in thumbing their noses at the idea of social distancing than the young people who have insisted on going on with their Spring Break plans in Miami.
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying,” said one Spring Breaker. “You know, I’ve been waiting — we’ve been waiting for Miami Spring Break for a while, about two months we’ve had this trip planned, two, three months, and we’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”
“It’s really messing up with my Spring Break. What is there to do here other than go to the bars or the beach? And they’re closing all of it,” complained another partier. “I think they’re blowing it way out of proportion. I think it’s doing way too much.”
Although these revelers are approaching the situation with the indestructibility typical of young people, that sense may well be misplaced, according to CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr Sanjay Gupta.
The COVID-19 pandemic can cause lasting damage in its young victims, Dr Gupta said.
“A lot of what we heard initially out of China, very early data was that, you know, this was primarily something that just affected older people. As more and more people have been infected around the world, a clear picture of this virus and what it does is emerging,” he said. “For example, some of the young people who contracted the virus in China recovered, now they’re being examined a month, two months later and they’re finding that in some of those patients they have 20 to 30 percent decreased lung function.
“They have evidence of scarring in the lungs which is, you know, a more permanent form of damage. They are listed as recovered, that’s true, they are recovered, but it definitely left its toll on some of these young people as well,” Gupta added. “So recovery doesn’t mean they didn’t get sick and I think it’s a really important point.”
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